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J.W. Lanum, who is in charge of procurement for one of the city’s biggest agencies, pleaded guilty last month to a DUI charge. Lanum was sentenced to 30 days’ suspended sentence and six months of probation, according to an online docket report.
Emails and calls to Lanum and his boss at the Department of General Services, director Brian Hanlon, were not immediately returned. Police say they arrested Lanum last September after he was found asleep in a running car that was parked illegally outside DGS’ headquarters at 14th and U streets NW. Lanum “became irate and started to yell and curse” at a parking enforcement employee who tried to wake Lanum, police say. When police arrived, they say they found an open bottle of cheap wine in the car and that Lanum failed three different sobriety tests. The arrest occurred around 3 p.m. on a Friday.
Lanum initially pleaded not guilty and his case was dropped in January after the city prosecutor was not “ready,” according to court records. The Office of the Attorney General refiled the case and Lanum pleaded guilty on March 19, records show.
As head of procurement at DGS, Lanum oversees contracts for a multi-billion-dollar agency that handles much of the city’s public construction projects.